“Celebrate, express our joy and our admiration for God’s goodness”: Srs. Marilyn Medinger, Margaret Egan, Catherine Molloy, Julia Lydon, Ona Bessette and Kathleen Dorney
Photo, CND, 2009

Congrégation de Notre-Dame

Bringing Out Our Inner Light!

The Congrégation de Notre-Dame is a Catholic community of women religious of apostolic faithApostolic faith is the adherence of the whole person to Jesus and to the teachings He gave to his apostles.

This faith is oriented towards continuing the mission of Jesus: to reveal to the world God’s great love of humanity and to call humanity to live in love of God and of one’s neighbour for a better world and happier people.
founded in the by Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, first educator of Montreal and a pioneer of New France.

We come from countries in North America, Central America, Asia, Africa and Europe where we live and work among the people. In response to a call from our loving God, we give our lives to work toward achieving God’s desire for a just and peace­ful world for all peoples.

With love and joy, we sing life; we celebrate life! Magnificat!Magnificat is a song of joy!
(Click to hear the Sisters sing the Magnificat)
Guided by Christ, who lights our way, we journey forward, led by the spirit of Marguerite Bourgeoys.

How do we experience this journey in our everyday lives?

“Go, I will not abandon you.”

Writings of Marguerite Bourgeoys p. 143

Associate Relationship News

This summer was a time of transitioning into new responsibilities for two area co-coordinators of Associate Relationship in Visitation Province. We gratefully welcome Karen Volpe, for the Central Region and Marjorie Allison-Ross, for the Eastern Region. Once again we extend our thanks to Ann Gotfryd and Phyllis Gallant, CND for their generous and creative service over many years. Visitation Province area co-coordinators and Nina Glinski, CND, liaison for the leadership team, will meet October 5-7, at the Motherhouse.

Ann Gotfryd and Adèle Mercier organized a productive Central Committee Meeting August 7-10 at which our Visitation Province associates gave their combined report in response to 7 questions that dealt with “Telling Our Stories, Who Do We Say We Are?”

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Days of Retreat . . .

The Visitation Province Administration Team met at Seton Spirituality Centre in Terence Bay, Nova Scotia, September 2nd – 5th for shared days of retreat. Becky McKenna, CND offered short daily reflections that drew us into times of silence as well as deep sharing.

Recalling the wisdom of eco-theologian Thomas Berry, C.P., Becky suggested that we “look to Earth for guidance.” It is the source from which we come and within this web of life we find all the courage, strength and wisdom that we need to live our lives with meaning and integrity. During our days of retreat we were invited to “Come to the Water,” to know the replenishing powers of the ocean and its buoyancy, the capacity to hold us safely despite the storms. This was followed by a day of contemplating the coastal gardens all around us, wondering at the ways in which we too cultivate life, plot resurrection and delight in being part of this amazing life system.

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JUBILEE CELEBRATION: Sr. Florence MacKenzie's 50th Anniversary of Religious Life

St. Joseph's Parish, Port Felix will be celebrating Florence MacKenzie's 50th Anniversary on September 21, 2014. Celebration of the Eucharist in the Parish Church at 11:00 a.m. followed by a luncheon in the Parish Hall. Congregation of Notre Dame Sisters and Associates are invited to come and celebrate with Florence and with the Parish.

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People’s Climate March and International Day of Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. www.internationaldayofpeace.org Anyone, anywhere can celebrate Peace Day. It can be as simple as lighting a candle at noon, sitting in silent meditation, or doing a good deed for someone you don’t know. Or it can involve getting people together in a large event.

THE STORY IS TOLD of a lady in a shopping mall. When the power went off and all the lights went out she felt a little hand in hers, and she asked, in the darkness,

“Who do you belong to?” The response came: “I’m yours, until the lights come on.”

The countdown is on!! Early Friday morning, Monica Lambton and Apraham Nizibilian (acting Coordinator of the CND Social Justice Network while Bineta Ba is on maternity leave) and I will be heading to New York City to join in the People’s Climate March. We shall walk and pray in the names of all the children of the world and in a particular way the women, men and children who suffer disproportionately the effects of climate change. We shall march in the name of all of us, sisters and associates in Japan, Central America, Africa, USA and Canada. We are one as you gather in prayerful communion in the invitation to change everything!

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PEACE & JUSTICE NEWS

The Congregation of Notre Dame International Justice Network has determined that a major focus of our Justice efforts in the coming year throughout the Community will be Climate Change. We have a unique opportunity to participate in an historical movement to draw attention to the effects of Climate Change. While September 21 is International Peace Day and this year marks the 30th Anniversary of the General Assembly’s Declaration of the Right of People to Peace, September 21 also marks the day for the Climate Change March in NYC. As the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network stated, “..the People’s Climate March seeks to ‘bend the course of history, drawing global attention and exerting direct pressure on attendees of the UN Climate Summit. WECAN encourages everyone who is able to march with us on this momentous day as we mobilize for the rights of women, indigenous peoples, nature, and future generations.” I hope our Province will be well represented in this March. Let us make every effort to do our part to bend the course of history.

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